Stephen Dantzig is an internationally published author with well over 100 books, magazine and web articles to his credit. His autobiography was self-published in 2012.


Stephen Dantzig is a nationally renowned lighting expert and owner of the Hawai’i School of Photography with over 30 years experience behind the camera. He is the author of The Essential Photography Workbook: The Beginner’s Guide to Creating Impressive Digital Photos (with Joan Dantzig), Portrait Lighting for Digital Photographers: The Basics and Beyond, Lighting Techniques for Fashion and Glamour Photography for Film and Digital Photographers, Mastering Lighting Techniques for Outdoor and Location Digital Portrait Photography Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers (Amherst Media) and The Essential Guide to Using Flash (with Joan Dantzig),Photographing Swimwear: Lighting, Composition and Post-production, On the Set and Behind the Scenes, The Making of a Maritime Fashion Shoot, and Professional Make-Over Techniques (Stephen Dantzig Educational Consulting Services/Hawaii School of Photography).

Stephen has written more than one hundred articles and lessons on photographic lighting and ethics. He was a monthly contributor to and his lessons have appeared in RANGEFINDER Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, PC Photo Magazine, Studio Photography and Design, ProPhoto West,, the Photoflex Web Photo School. His work has appeared on more than 25 magazine covers including local, regional and national markets. Stephen is a twenty-one time Award of Merit recipient from the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County and has received two Awards of Merit from The Professional Photographers of Hawaii. His specialties include fashion, beauty and corporate photography. He has also earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.